Biography of Artist Mark Hobson


Mark Hobson is based in Tofino BC., on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island where he has painted for over twenty years. A diverse artist in both subject and media, he is equally comfortable in watercolour, oils, and acrylics. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the B.C. coast, from pounding surf to sheltered cove; from rainforests to the underwater realm. The richness of the natural environment and its wildlife comes alive in his work. Professionally trained as a biologist, he taught high school science for nine years before painting as a career. Self-taught as an artist, his paintings are simultaneously accurate and sensitive depictions of the many moods of wilderness and rural landscapes.

Mark's work has won many awards in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has participated in shows throughout North America and as far afield as Hong Kong and Singapore. The Royal Canadian Mint has invited him to design sets of coins depicting wildlife three times. The National Geographic Society has displayed his work in Washington D.C., Mark was selected as a member of the Society of Animal Artists in 1997, and as B.C.'s Wildlife Artist of the Year in 1996. His landscapes have placed in the top 100 of the US Art for Parks competition and three times Artist's Magazine annual competition has awarded his wildlife images high honours. In 2003 and 2005 he won the Pacific Salmon Foundation's stamp award.

A strong advocate for preserving the wilderness he loves to paint, Mark has donated numerous paintings and much of his time to efforts to preserve natural environments.

Mark's floathouse studio is only accessible by boat, surrounded by the natural beauty of Clayoquot Sound.

Commissions: Accepted

Special Achievements:

  • Special Acheivements
    2006-Ducks Unlimited Canada-Artist of the Year
    The image of "Mallards: Looking South" is chosen for the artist of the year award.
    2006-Ducks Unlimited Canada-
    The image "Polar Bear: At the Edge of the Ice" is chosen to be apart of the National Art Print Portfolio for 2006.
    2005-Pacific Salmon Foundation of BC-
    Mark's "Return to Fresh Water" is awarded first prize in the foundation's annual stamp competition. All of BC's saltwater fishing licenses bear the image on its stamp in 2005.
    2005-Royal Canadian Mint-
    The Royal Canadian Mint invites Mark to design a coin which is chosen, released and featured as part of the 2005 Speciman Coin Set featuring a limited edition aureate dollar coin with Mark's design of Tufted Puffins.
    2005-Ducks Unlimited Canada-
    Two paintings by Mark "Eagle: On Closer Inspection" and "Moose: Checking out the Competition" were chosen by Ducks Unlimited to be apart of the National Art Print Portfolio.
    2005-International Artist Magazine
    An acrylic painting titled "Columbia Flats" is featured in a new book as part of the series titled "How did you Paint That?" Mark, along with the 99 other contributing artists from around the world are selected from the top winners of the International Artist's Magazine's annual competition.
    2004-Ducks Unlimited Canada-
    Mark's images "Eagle: Coming in for a Landing" and "Steelhead: Out of the Shadows" are selected by Ducks Unlimited for the National Art Print Portfolio.
    2003-Pacific Salmon Foundation of BC-
    The original painting of "Catching the Strays" is awarded first prize in the foundation's annual stamp competition. All of BC's saltwater fishing licenses bear the image on the stamp in 2003.
    2003-Ducks Unlimited Canada-
    "Otter: Chasing Rainbows" and "Humpbacks: Soaring through Green Waters" are chosen as part of the Annual National Art Print Portfolio.
    2002-International Regional Magazine Association-
    Silver Award Essay Division for "A Flood of Creativity" article written and illustrated by Mark published in "Beautiful British Columbia" Magazine, winter 2001.
    2002-National Geographic Society-
    Mark's original of "Harlequin Ducks: On the Edge" is chosen to be on display at a prestigious show in Washington, DC.
    2000-Royal Canadian Mint-
    Mark is invited to design a coin depicting Pronghorn Antelope which is chosen as part of the Platinum Coin Set.


Organization Membership:

  • Society of Animal Artists

  • Friends of Clayoquot Sound

  • Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society

  • Raincoast Coservation Society


Contact Info

PO Box 381
Tofino, BC
Canada V0R 2Z0
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